Celtic On This Day – 1st November – David Potter’s Celtic Diary

The late, great Celtic Historian David Potter’s Celtic diary highlights key Celtic-related events relevant to each day, today covering 1st November…

As we move into the month of November, David Potter’s Celtic Diary enters the fourth month of the season and there’s plenty to report from Celtic’s long, proud and unbroken history in this autumn month starting on this day in 1919…

SATURDAY 1st NOVEMBER 1919 – The last time that Celtic visited Morton in April, there was serious trouble, so the police are here in strength today. So are 23,000 and they see a thrilling game which Celtic win 2-1 with goals from Adam McLean and Willie McStay. McStay’s goal was a late penalty awarded when the ball seemed to strike the arm of a Morton player rather than any deliberate handling.

SATURDAY 1st NOVEMBER 1930 – 25,000 are at Celtic Park today to see what seems to be the best Celtic team for a good few years beat Partick Thistle 5-1 two goals from Jimmy McGrory, two from Peter Scarff and one from Charlie Napier. They won the Glasgow Cup three weeks ago and this win moves them temporarily to the top of the Scottish League.

WEDNESDAY 1st NOVEMBER 1967 – Goalkeeper Ronnie Simpson is felled by a missile before the game even starts in Buenos Aires in the World Club Championship second leg. His place is taken by John Fallon who plays well but cannot stop Racing winning 2-1, which necessitates a play-off in neutral Uruguay on Saturday. Such is the unpleasantness in this game that Chairman Bob Kelly wants to go home without going to Uruguay. In retrospect, it is a pity he did not do this.

SATURDAY 1st NOVEMBER 1986 – Celtic and Rangers play out a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Celtic Park before 60,000 fans. It is generally agreed that a draw is a fair result. Brian McClair scores Celtic’s goal.

SATURDAY 1st NOVEMBER 1997 – Dunfermline beat Celtic at Parkhead in August, so today’s 2-0 win at East End Park was all the more welcome for the large Celtic travelling support. After a dodgy start, this side is gradually getting things together, and today the goals are scored by Regi Blinker and Henrik Larsson.

David Potter

Matt Corr’s new book Majic, Stan and the King of Japan is out now and Neil Lennon, the Celtic captain that season, has written the foreword for us.

You can get a signed copy of the hardback version direct from Celtic Star Books by clicking on the image below. It’s also available an an e-book via Amazon Kindle and please note that all colour photographs that appear in the beautifully presented printed hardback book are also available in the Kindle version of Majic, Stan and the King of Japan…

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I am Celtic author and historian and write for The Celtic Star. I live in Kirkcaldy and have followed Celtic all my life, having seen them first at Dundee in March 1958. I am a retired teacher and my other interests are cricket, drama and the poetry of Robert Burns.

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